Photography Tutorial | How to Adjust White Balance in Photoshop ACR

The good thing about shooting in RAW is that you can adjust the white balance and exposure of your images very easily in Photoshop. This is especially helpful when you are shooting on auto white balance, or if you have a tricky lighting situation. Here’s a quick tutorial.

How to Adjust White Balance in Photoshop Using Adobe Camera RAW

Here’s an image I took in on auto white balance (AWB) in a pink bedroom. As you can see by the original, the whole image has a pink hue (and is quite underexposed).

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There are a couple ways to adjust white balance in Photoshop ACR. You could play with the white balance presets or the temperature and tint sliders.

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Or, you could select the white balance tool and click on something white or gray in the image.

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Using this method usually gets me pretty close to a good white balance, so I’ll start here. I’m lucky that the footboard is white here, so I’ll select my white balance tool and click on an area towards the middle of the white area.

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Okay, that looks a lot better, but now the image is too cool and is still underexposed. I’m going to go ahead and bump up the exposure to +1.05 and then I’m going to move the temperature and tint sliders until the skin tone looks pretty good and the white looks like a nice warm white.

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Now the white balance looks much better and the exposure looks better too. I didn’t want to remove all of the pink color, but I wanted to make it less pronounced in the image. I think this looks much better.

ACR makes adjusting white balance in Photoshop really easy, right? So, now I’m going to go ahead and open this in Photoshop to finish tweaking the colors and do my final edits. I’m mostly going to add a tone curve for contrast and a little matte effect. Here’s the final…

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This final edit is also straightened, just for your information. To see my tutorial on straightening in ACR, click here. It’s super easy.

Note: This tutorial is a great reason why you should shoot in RAW if you know you are going to need to make adjustments in post processing. Adjusting white balance on a JPEG image is definitely not as easy as it is on a RAW file. Luckily, it’s just one setting to change in the menu setting on your camera. That way adjusting white balance in Photoshop is quick and easy.

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